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[[caption-width-right:350:[-The entire cast as it was on the 1000th update. Plus two characters added after that.[[note]]Middle two in the top row.[[/note]]-] ]]

->''"Where cognitive dissonance thrives! Cute furry little animal children will lead us into chaos!"''

''Precocious'' is a FurryWebcomic by Christopher J. "Chrispy" Paulsen that stars a rather large group of "superintelligent" children who live in two separate neighborhoods, and who just happen to be [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic canines and felines]]. The main characters are known for being [[CloudCuckoolander completely (but lovably) insane]] in one way or another. Not very serious, but very funny, the comic is about those children/{{mad scientist}}s in their everyday lives.

[[http://www.precociouscomic.com Read it here.]]
%% * ActualPacifist: Max, overtly. Yvette, possibly as well, though she is so timid it's hard to know what's in her head. Ursula almost certainly will be.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Jacob goes above and beyond [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/04/28 here]].
* AdultsAreUseless: The comic sometimes subverts and sometimes plays straight this trope. Most of the parents are just as smart as their kids, but the stuff those kids can get away with is astonishing sometimes.
* AltText: Used mostly for LampshadeHanging (especially in regard to [[WhiteVoidRoom lacking backgrounds]], {{Spoof Aesop}}s, and incredibly {{egregious}} {{pun}}s).
* AnAesop: "[[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/08/11 Actions have consequences. Who knew?]]"
* AllJustADream: An arc of what turn out to be the kids' nightmares, [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2012/07/07 culminating]] in a ShoutOut to ''Series/StElsewhere''.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Inverted and subverted. Jacob (as Target Man) takes down the Supervillain Union and takes control of the Fortress of Evil...[[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/01/03 only to be taken down by Suzette (as villain Mylytant Femynyst) three seconds later.]]
%% * AmoralAttorney: Candice Givens, one of Yvette's mothers. She plays it to the hilt, too.
* ArtEvolution:
** Compare [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/03/09 Strip #1]] to [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/04/05 Strip #28]]. See a difference? Good. Now look at an even later strip, like [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/06/03 #87]]. Big difference, eh?
** An even more dramatic comparison is at the bottom of [[http://precociouscomic.com/extras/bonus.html this page]].
** It later regresses, at least in detail. In chronological order: eliminating color strips altogether; eliminating almost all backgrounds or inanimate objects; positioning all characters at the same depth (with few exceptions). Color is back, for now, thanks to a fan contributor.
** However, now backgrounds seem not to be as much of an issue anymore, and there's even some [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/03/22 varied perspective]].
* AscendedExtra:
** Kaitlyn Hu was referred to by [[WordofGod Chrispy]] as the central character of another strip. That other strip (''Copper Road'') , featuring her and the other side of the class, was eventually made.
** Expanding on this, Kaitlyn and her Copper Road friends (Yvette Nutley, Quincy Wozwax and Vincent Iddenstein, plus one of Yvette's moms, Candy), have all risen in prominence in the main strip.
* AsYouKnow: PlayedForLaughs in a strip, aptly titled [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/03/17 "Relive those memories"]].
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny:
** [[WordOfGod Chrispy]] states [[http://chrispco.blogspot.com/2009/06/i-dont-like-drugs-but-drugs-like-me.html in his sketch blog]] that Vincent has an undiagnosed case of ADHD.
%% ** And probably just the second-most visible of Tiffany's disorders, after her narcolepsy.
* AuthorAvatar: In his FAQ, Chris states that Bud was originally "a cartoony avatar of myself." However, a more straight example would be Kaitlyn Hu, especially in the ''Copper Road'' strips.
* BagOfHolding: Quincy's supervillain persona "D20" carries his comically oversized dice in a [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2013/07/14 normal-sized dice bag]], which causes Jacob to make a sanity roll.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: The entire cast. Shoes are sometimes mentioned in the AltText but to this day only [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2016/01/26 one]] pair has actually been seen in a non-guest strip, and they're part of a spacesuit-like costume.
** Yvette's [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2013/11/02 Halloween costume]] seems to include socks with embroidered toe-lines to make her feet look doll-like.
* BatmanGambit: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/04/21 "See?"]] [[spoiler: A battle plan that depended on what the enemy was likely to do.]]
* BedsheetLadder: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/02/23 All she wanted to do]]. Which is why her parents planted roses under the window.
%% * BewareTheQuietOnes:
%% ** It took a while, but Yvette has finally found someone to be nemesis to.
%% ** Max also took down the mighty Buddleship using nothing more than the ability to swim, and an unseen peice of junk.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Et clan. Every member of the Et's extended family seems to be either a kook, a crook, a thrill-seeker, a mad scientist, or just a bit touched in the head. Even the Ets we know [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2017/06/19 are scared of their family.]]
* {{Blackmail}}:
** Autumn has huge binders full of blackmail material. For each and every person she knows.
** Ms. Monster has some too, [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/02/12 apparently]].
* BobFromAccounting: Few realize that in addition to his years of accounting expertise, Bob is also a [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/copperroad/2012/10/03 talented movie critic]].
* BodyPaint: The comic has one of these somehow. Except that when the model, Sydney Oven, arrived, the painter, her future husband, used her as the BRUSH. Her opinion? 'How many other families are able to hang a nude portrait of the mother over the dinner table and get away with it?' Said to...[[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/06/11 the parents of her son's classmates.]]
* BrickJoke:
** In the AltText of a strip, after Mike gives Tiffany a computer, Sky says that next time she sees him she's going to [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/04/05 punch him in the face.]] [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/03/04 333 strips later]], she does.
** When Bud said that he would put [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2013/04/30 crayons in the closet and forget them]] he [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2013/06/07 wasn't kidding]]. Bonus points for joke spanning multiple months.
* BMovie: Or if you're assigning letter grades, [[UpToEleven F- movie]]. Bud finds a late night T.V. program called "$100 budget horror film theater", which is showing "Psychic Death Aquarium". [[WordOfGod Chrispy explains]] in the comments, "The movie consists of a static shot of an aquarium, with people constantly walking up behind it, looking weird, clutching their heads and falling over. The soundtrack is a really slow version of Yakity Sax."
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Myra is [[Main/TheFaceless never seen any other way]].
%% * CallBack: The Weekend at Bernie's story has a high concentration of these.
* TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2014/11/30 Referenced.]]
* {{Calvinball}}:
** They call it "[[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/12/22 Suicide Kings]]", and it's complicated, so don't ask them to explain it. You wouldn't get it anyway.
** There's also [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/01/20 this guest strip]], the alt-text of which mentions the TropeNamer.
* CardCarryingVillain: Most of the children who even [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/06/30 play as the Super Villain Union]], but a special mention goes to Dionne, who even freely admits her selfishness and evil intentions [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/03/12 in a debate for class president]].
* CatsAreMagic: It's only one character, but Yvette makes a lot of what appear to be voodoo dolls of her classmates.
* CatsAreMean: Well, not particularly. Though it's probably no coincidence that the three nicest Gemstone kids are dogs (well, two dogs and a wolf), while Dionne (said to have no soul) is a cheetah.
* CatSmile:
** On occasion the feline kids will do a rather menacing [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/09/29 one]].
** Tiff, Bud, and Autumn (despite being a fox) [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/11/18 here]].
* CharacterAlignment: There is a [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2013/03/14 chart]], (made by an InUniverse character).
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Averted. Most of the children in the main cast are each evil in their own special ways. Special mentions go to Autumn ([[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/06/27 who uses this trope to her advantage]]; she even wears a schoolgirl outfit in order to heighten people's perception of her innocence) and Dionne (who takes great pleasure in crushing the souls of others due to her lack of one).
** Perhaps even more telling is its treatment of the children who ''aren't'' evil. Jacob is a sweet, caring young boy who is so kind and selfless that his being selfish or mean for a change has been a punchline unto itself and there was even an arc about it. He's the strip's resident ButtMonkey, who is constantly hurt and [[DudeWheresMyRespect never really treated with respect]]. Max is even ''nicer''. He seems oblivious to the existence of bad or evil in the world. He's considered kind of strange by the rest of the kids, and although respected for his abilities, he's also frequently manipulated by the others or resented for the consequences of his IncorruptiblePurePureness. The [[AnAesop moral of the story?]] [[KidsAreCruel Children are evil]], and those who aren't will end up used or mistreated by those who are.
** Jacob's become more and more like his friends as time's gone on. He's still rarely the instigator of the evil schemes, but he's proven more than happy to take part in the planning of the group's immoral activities. The newest member of the class, Ursula Xane, is even more of a straight example than Max, having been raised in isolation by parents who have carefully controlled her knowledge of the outside world. She's so innocent that in one ''Copper Road'' strip, she actually believes Creator/FoxNewsChannel's claim of being "fair and balanced."
* CommutingOnABus: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2012/09/06 Xander]] transferred to a private school, but still appears in the comic just about as often as he did before.
* CompanionCube: The On-Cue Ball, which is like a Magic 8-Ball...[[InSpace but talks]]! [[DeadpanSnarker And makes fun of everyone]]! [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking It even burps]]!
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Tiff's parents send her to the [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/02/25 box o' shame]] after Kaitlyn's party. [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/02/17 It back fires to some extent, though.]]
* CrappyCarnival: The comic has the kids putting one on for their school's "Fall Festival" fundraiser. Being the way they are, they naturally set it up to con the goers out of their money.
* CreatorCareerSelfDeprecation: Kaitlyn wants to be a cartoonist. Everyone else tells her it's a [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2012/03/30 terrible idea.]]
-->'''Wen:''' So I thought you were supposed to be smart.
-->'''Kaitlyn:''' Cartoonists are smart. [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/copperroad/2012/01/16 They're just not rational.]]
* CurseCutShort:
--> '''On-Cue Ball:''' All signs point to I don't give a--
--> '''Shii-An Hu:''' KAITLYN!!
* DeepSleep:
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/09/28 During break, offering such chances]]
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/05/27 And again.]]
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: Autumn uses a schoolgirl uniform to try to invoke this in others. Dionne is also said to do this when enrolled a beauty pageant; off the clock, she prefers her throne of bones.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Autumn [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/07/16 violently rebuffs]] Max when he attempts to turn his extravagant birthday party into an actual pity party for her.
* DonutMessWithACop: When the Sapphire kids start a coffee shop Bud starts freaking out when he sees a bunch of cops out in front.
--> ''Cop with bullhorn: "[[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2014/10/26 I swear we're not investigating anything this time! No cop can resist a place with good coffee and highly-praised danishes!]]"''
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/01/01 Muffins]] ''of doom'', their inverse appears to be [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/12/05 cupcakes of bliss.]]
* DrinkingGame: {{In-universe}}. "With a little bit of creativity, anything can be turned into a drinking game!" [[DiscussedTrope so sayeth]] the [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/02/01 On-Cue Ball]].
* EspeciallyZoidberg: The comic has one about sharing information on {{Noodle Incident}}s:
-->'''Dad:''' Hey, Kids! Rule #17: "Always check with your parents before sharing any family stories!"
-->'''Kid:''' Even the Orlando one?
-->'''Dad:''' Especially Orlando!! ...And you shouldn't know about Orlando!
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Why Bud's plan to destroy the Turquoise Lake summer camp [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2014/08/27 falls apart]]. It hinged on the campers acting like the Gemstone kids.
* EvilLawyerJoke: Candy enjoys making these jokes about herself, in her second appearance alone she claimed she works best [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2012/04/26 without a soul]]. Another time her wife (who was smoking something hand-rolled) claimed that she [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/copperroad/2013/06/12 breaks more laws daily than she does]].
* ExactWords:
** Autumn [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2013/04/26 offers to wash the dishes]]. She did ''not'' say anything about washing pots, pans, silverware...
** Later, Bette [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic//2013/10/02 orders the kids to run one mile]](approximately), but forgets to specify they do it in the designated track. As the other kids dash away, Max notes that they ''are'' following directions... approximately.
* ExpressiveEars: Many characters, but of the main characters Autumn's "mood ears" are the most versatile.
* {{Facepalm}}:
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/09/11 Courtesy of Ms. Monster.]]
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/07/19 Not her first, either.]] To the EXACT same group.
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/11/05 An unintentional example]], courtesy of an annoying fly.
* FantasyForbiddingFather[=/=]MyBelovedSmother: Ursula's parents, who basically raised her in an opaque, home-schooled bubble, and are still obsessive [[MeddlingParents helicopter parents]].
* FearfulSymmetry: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/04/30 A few strips' worth]] during the Gender War. Broken rather decisively, though.
%% * FiveManBand: Under the original main cast, most of the characters have atypical personalities for the roles they play, but nevertheless they fit into two parallel bands, one consisting primarily of Gemstone kids and the other of Copper Road kids:
%% ** TheHero: Bud/Kaitlyn
%% ** TheLancer: Autumn/Quincy
%% ** TheSmartGuy: Jacob/Yvette
%% ** TheChick: Tiffany/Vincent
%% ** TheBigGuy: Dionne/Roddy
%% ** TheSixthRanger: Max/Xander
%% ** Which left Suzette, who stood alone. And for that, everyone was grateful.
%% ** HOWEVER, the swapping out of Xander for Ursula has jarred the social order a bit. Now the bands of five are roughly Main Four+Suzette and Kaitlyn/Quincy/Yvette/Vincent/Ursula, with Roddy joining Dionne and Max as a trio either in the middle or above the fray depending on your point of view.
* {{Flanderization}}: Inverted (sort of). Most of the minor characters are introduced pre-Flanderized. Played straight, however, for Shii Ann Hu. Mentioned by trope name in the alt-text for [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/10/31 strip 237]].
* ForTheEvulz: Dionne's impetus to do pretty much anything. [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/01/26 Example.]] Not that the Gemstone Estates kids usually cite any ''other'' reason..
* FourthWallPortrait: Done in the name of caricature in [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2012/12/04 this]] strip.
* FreeRangeChildren: The comic has the Sapphire Lake kids (and on occasion others) wandering around the neighbourhood, and in one arc they go downtown. Tiffany's thoughts? 'I was told lowlifes and villains hang out here [the corner of Cruelty Ave and Evil Rd]. But it's only us! Where are they?'
* FullNameUltimatum: The comic has [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2013/05/13 a full arc]] about full-name ultimatums: The names of several kids are revealed, then some try to {{invoke|d trope}} the trope to learn more middle names...
%% * FunnyAnimal
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In the "The Protest" story, Tiffany is [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/06/08 found]] in both the "down with Jacob" and the "Team Jacob" groups.
* FunWithAcronyms: The slogan of [[Main/ToiletHumor Pooter's]] Ice cream, "'''I'''t's '''C'''ountry '''K'''indness, '''Y''''all".
* FurryConfusion:
** One of the many reasons Chrispy made all the characters either cats or dogs was to [[AvertedTrope avert]] this.
** The comments for [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2013/02/16 'Normal Clothes']] raises this point; when Principal Blessure decides to dress up as [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Cruella DeVil]] it was theorized that in the Precocious world that the movie is about a woman who kidnaps children (of a specific race) in order to skin them and wear their pelts. In the real world, family movie; In a furry world, ''horror movie.''
* FurryReminder: Suzzete wears a dog collar with a bell. She also beats up Jacob using only her tail, just to prove it was strong enough to be used like a third leg.
** When the kids play a life sized game of ''TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}'', the cat token is a [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2016/04/21 statue of Tiffany]].
* GenderEqualsBreed: Inverted. Bud is a Scottish fold like his mother, while his older sister is a white American shorthair like their dad.
* GenerationXerox: Autumn is fighting a losing battle not to become one.
* GeniusBonus: Gene and Sky's [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2017/03/16 combined password]] for the tool shed uses military code words to spell "No! Stop!"
* GentleGiant: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/05/20 Bud's dad Joseph]].
* GirlsHaveCooties: A [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2016/02/14 comic-within-the-comic]] {{Subvert|edTrope}}s this, C.O.O.T.E.E.S. means [[FunWithAcronyms Camera Outfitted Observational Trackers Embedded Espionage Systems]].[[note]]The last two words are cut off in the comic and are only known through WordOfGod.[[/note]]
* GlowingEyesOfDoom:
** Bud and Tiff during Autumn's paranoid delusion about their museum trip. Tiffany again after consuming an entire pot of coffee.
** The attic minis do this. They're white at first but turn red when their creepyness gets to higher levels.
* GroundedForever: The Sapphire Lake kids' antics usually get Autumn grounded for eternity, though after a few days or weeks her parents usually open to negotiations.
* GuestStrip:
** During the "Party crashers" arc, while Chrispy had a broken finger. The guest artists included Matt Dawson (''Webcomic/SometimeAlone''), Brooke Eggleston (''AlsoBagels''), Irene Pitcairn (''Webcomic/SunElves''), [[http://www.soulgamer.deviantart.com/ Robert McConnell]], Carl Sjostrand (''Webcomic/GingersBread''), [[http://ndunlimited.com/ Terrence and Isabel Marks]], John Peters (''Webcomic/GypsygirlPress''), and [[http://www.nox07.deviantart.com/ Roman Utkin]] (who does a [[http://furries.ru/precocious/ Russian translation]] of ''Precocious'').
** A new set of guest strips began in March 2013, with a couple of twists on the theme.
* HandsOffParenting: Bud's parents. His dad spends all his time in the basement working on art and hydroponics, while his mom is always in the city managing the apartment complexes she owns. As a result Bud is a much better cook than either of them. It gets to the point where Autumn even forgets at one point that he even has parents.
* HardHead: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/10/21 You must have a pretty hard head]]
* HasTwoMommies: Secondary character [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2012/04/26 Yvette]]. As explained by [[WordOfGod Chrispy]], Eva is her biological mother and Candy's brother was the sperm donor.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen:
** In the main comic, Vincent was formerly given this treatment. He appears more often in [[http://precociouscomic.com/images/incentives/50109a.jpg voting incentives]] and in the ''[[{{Spinoff}} Copper Road]]'' strip.
** Also, the Rights, the Hus' neighbors (mentioned only as another WhosOnFirst gag).
* HomeSweetHome: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/04/14 Escaping appointments]]
* HurricaneOfPuns: Occurs whenever Kaitlyn Hu (or anyone in her family) appears in the comic. Typically, Chrispy channels [[WhosOnFirst Abbott and Costello]] for these jokes. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/copperroad/2010/03/18 this]] ''[[SpinOff Copper Road]]'' strip.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/04/21 Autumn's plan]].
* ImpactSilhouette: Following a blizzard, Jacob goes outside to make a snow angel and [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2016/01/26 sinks out of view]].
* IncrediblyLamePun: Autumn [[ThrowTheBookAtThem tosses a dictionary at someone]]. [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/06/17 The victim says, "Your words have hurt me."]]
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Despite having been in the same class as them for who knows how long, Max still has trouble understanding that the Sapphire Lake crew don't like being good sports.
* TheIngenue: Ursula, due to her terminally sheltered upbringing.
* InsaneTrollLogic:
** Suzette resorts to it when she's short of things to be righteously outraged about.
** Also, [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/06/28 insomniac logic is a special kind of logic]].
** And Casey's "skipped a grade" antics [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/04/25 here]].
* InsultBackfire: The comic features the inevitable student council election, narrowing down to Roddy versus Dionne. Roddy starts describing Dionne as 'a soulless beast with malicious intentions!' Dionne's rebuttal? A happy "It's true!".
* InTheBlood:
** The Pingos are often joked to reproduce by cloning. As they all look similar and are great at library science.
** Joseph, Casey, and Bud Oven are all dangerously creative scientists.
** Yvette's two moms are a GranolaGirl and an AmoralAttorney. She has a lot more in common with her birth mother, the hippie.
* IsThisThingOn: Ursula manages to accidentally combine this trope with [[QuoteMine Quote Mining]] [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2012/12/28 here]].
%% * ItsAllAboutMe: Could definitely be the worldview of most of the kids.
%% * KillerRabbit: All the kids, in their own way. (Yes, even Max.) So much so that the former name of the trope, "Beware The Cute Ones", is the comic's new tagline.
* LampshadeWearing: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/01/25 Tiffany sports a lampshade]] at Kaitlyn Hu's birthday party.
* LimitedWardrobe: Most of the cast. Bud has his jeans, black vest, and wifebeater. Tiffany her green dress with a smiley-face pin. And Autumn with her Catholic schoolgirl outfit (their school doesn't have uniforms, she wears it to make people underestimate her), though she sometimes wears a tanktop and sweatpants in summer.
** Used to effect when the kids are assigned to study each other. Each one dressed in the subject's usual attire. Which explained the relative cold open of seeing Jacob wearing a schoolgirl uniform (and standing by a box of blackmail).
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Check out the [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/page/cast cast page.]]
* LookBehindYou: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/08/13 Kaitlyn, watch out!]] ...
* Magic8Ball: An arc parodied this with the "On Cue Ball," which didn't so much give advice as it [[DeadpanSnarker ridiculed everything and everyone]].
* TheMaidenNameDebate: The Oven family's surname came from Sydney. Joseph changed his when they married.
-->'''Joseph Oven:''' I mean, my last name was ''Brungster!'' I couldn't subject my kids to that with a clean conscience.
* MediumAwareness:
** Ms. Monster [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/06/24 apparently has a rule against students saying her name in Chiller font]].
** Ivy Pingo [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/04/09 can also hear when her daughter uses an asterisk in her speech.* ]]
** There's also a gag involving the script in [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/01/23 this guest strip]].
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Kaitlyn [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/12/19 here.]]
-->'''Kaitlyn''': I just wanted my best friends (and Roddy) to come over and play our favorite games.
* NiceGuy: Max Zeit is nice to a fault. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Though he does have enough of a self-preservation instinct to know when to go along with everyone's schemes]].
* NobleWolf: Max is the resident source of IncorruptiblePurePureness.
* NoodleIncident:
** Whatever the Sapphire kids did preceding their hiding out at Kaitlyn's birthday party. One by one, supporting characters learned the details in tiny whispers indecipherable by the audience.
** Or how about the time they [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/10/25 set the lake on fire]]?
** Almost all of the children's unseen escapades are treated as Noodle Incidents unless the joke or plot specifically requires otherwise, as well as a wealth of NoodleImplements in play when their schemes have yet to come to fruition.
** Subverted with Tiffany's aging. Strip [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/08/18 893]] presents the accident that halted Tiff's aging as a Noodle Incident, but strip [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/08/21 896]] provides an explanation.
** The [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2013/11/16 "Orlando Incident"]] showed that the adults are not free of this trope.
** Heck, there are so many Noodle Incidents in the comic that it's even addressed in the FAQ!
--> '''Question:''' Will we get to see what happened when _____?
--> '''Answer:''' Probably not. I think some things are funnier when you have to imagine what crazy stuff went down yourself!
%% * OddFriendship: Max and Dionne. Apart from being in wealthier families than the others, they have almost nothing in common, yet they hang out together all the time.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Tiffany in [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/08/18 this]] request strip showing the kids as teenagers.
* OnlySaneMan:
** Kaitlyn Hu. Her time spent observing the others has built up remarkable insight into the social dynamics of the class. She employs this to great effect [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/09/05 starting in this strip.]] The ensuing conversation provides her with justified time in the spotlight.
** [[invoked]] Although Kaitlyn is the WordOfGod entry in this category, Max has [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/08/28 played the role]] from time to time.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** The kids once [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/10/12 broke Ms. Monster]] by pretending to have been acting constructive and cooperative when she arrived late.
** Also, the reaction when Tiffany is [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/11/16 seen without her button]].
%% * OppositesAttract: Candice Givens and Eva Nutley, Yvette's mothers. AmoralAttorney meets GranolaGirl.
* PaintingTheMedium: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/06/24 This strip]] is all about Chiller Font.
* ParodyRetcon: InUniverse. Tiffany seems to do [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2016/05/18 this]] with a resume, but it could also have been her plan from the start.
* PhraseCatcher:
** ''[accusingly]'' "Roddy! What are you doing here?"
** "You have no soul, Dionne."
* PilotMovie: The "Disorganized Sports" arc was partially used to introduce some of the main cast of the {{spinoff}} strip ''Copper Road''.
* PleaseSubscribeToOurChannel: In June 2011, the characters [[BreakingTheFourthWall broke the fourth wall]] for several strips in which they asked readers for donations.
%% * ThePollyanna: Max and Ursula both, although Max isn't completely oblivious.
%% -->'''Max:''' ''[to Ursula]'' Not all of them are nice all the time.
* PostKissCatatonia: Vincent stumbles around in a loopy daze after his puppy-love crush Autumn kisses him. Still leaves Vincent's love unrequited, though: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/08/16 Autumn just wanted her blackmail folder back.]]
* PresidentEvil: Dionne makes a ''campaign platform'' out of promising to be one of these when running for class president.
-->"Those who support me will be exalted. Those who do not will be destroyed. The minority is irrelevant. They have no voice. I can and will take from them and give to the strong. It's majority rule!"
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/08/12 "THE BAKE SALE IS SCIENCE!!"]]
** BrickJoke: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/09/25 It's also salable.]]
* PunnyName:
** The Hu family, leading to many Creator/AbbottAndCostello-style jokes. The most blatant example is the matriarch of the family, Shii Ann Hu, for whom [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame Puns]] [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/08/19 are used shamelessly]].
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/11/29 The alt-text mentions that the rights live next door]].
* PuppyDogEyes: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/10/25 this is]] Yvette's reaction to the prospect of being water-ballooned.
%% * RidiculouslyCuteCritters: These kids have [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2015/07/09 weaponized cuteness]].
%% * ReplacementGoldfish: Ursula Xane replaced Xander Upton.
* {{Retcon}}: WordOfGod is that the neighborhood is more compact than it used to be, partially so as to let Gemstone Estates and Copper Road interact more.
* RoyalWe:
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/06/29 Suzette speaks like this]] while going mad with power.
** Inverted later on, when a rare [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/08/23 Jacob Slam]] slings it ''right back'' at the self-proclaimed royalty.
* RuleNumberOne: The comic has so far subjected the kids to two numbered rules.
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/10/12 Rule #1]]: [[spoiler:No dying!]]
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/07/29 Rule #4]]: [[spoiler:No dynamite.]]
* RunningGag:
** When Bud encounters Roddy, he often says "Roddy! What are you doing here?" And boy, does he [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/07/14 spin]] it and [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/07/15 spin]] it - until it is [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/12/09 spun right back]] at him, at long last.
** Running gags involving Autumn and her family include jokes about her family reproducing via cloning and [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/10/04 library science]].
** In the [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/03/16 "internEt" mini-arc]], Rule #4 (first introduced [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/07/29 in this strip]]) has become a running gag and is regularly used in the comments section.
* TheScapegoat: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/06/06 Down with Jacob!]]
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Check out the trophy stand and alt-text in [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/09/18 this comic]] - poor, poor Roddy.
%% * SerialKiller... or at least, [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/03/13 POTENTIAL Serial Killer]]...
%% ** Which becomes even more disturbing in the context of [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/04/08 a later strip]]…
* SeriousBusiness:
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/08/12 The bake sale is science!!]]
** Also, in the intro arc, a simple competition about who the better supervillain is turns into the famous "Gender Wars".
** And the arc where Mr. Et discovers that Quincy killed his Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft character...not pretty.
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/04/07 '"Go Fish" is not a contact sport!']]
* [[SinisterSilhouettes Sinister Silhouette]]: Ivy Pingo pulls this off rather formidably at the end of Kaitlyn's birthday party...[[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/02/12 or so we were led to believe.]]
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: The only thing stopping the girls joining in the BigBallOfViolence is a good enough excuse. One strip even featured a MeleeATrois where Bud, Roddy, and beauty pageant queen Dionne took turns doubleteaming each other or having a free-for-all.
* SleazyPolitician: Dionne Crup [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/03/08 runs for class president on this platform]]. Her campaign [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/03/12 quickly turns negative]].
-->Roddy: ''My opponent is a soulless beast with malicious intentions!
-->Dionne: ''It's true!''
* SleepCute: Tiffany; [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/07/03 She is Exceedingly Cute.]]
%% * SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The characters of Max Zeit and Dionne Crup represent each respective extreme of the scale pretty well. Which makes the closeness of their friendship all the more ironic.
* SpeechBubbles: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/04/09 Speech with asterisks.]]
* SpeechBubblesInterruption:
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/06/30 Here]]
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/02/02 And here]]
* {{Spinoff}}: ''[[http://precociouscomic.com/archive/copperroad/index.html Copper Road]]'', about the character Kaitlyn Hu and the "other side of the class" that lives on Copper Road.
* SpidersAreScary: A ''really'' scary one [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/12/13 here.]]
-->'''Ms. Monster:''' Extra credit to the kid who kills it!
-->'''Dionne:''' Forget it! No grade is worth dealing with that!
* SpoofAesop:
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/12/11 Evil's triumph over goodness is absolute]]
--> '''Alt-text:''' This one goes out to all the impressionable children!
** Also: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/05/04 "Moral of the story: Women are inferior?"]]
* StabTheSalad: Can you match [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/08/19 Bud's skill with a blade?]]
* StealthPun: The bottle Bud finds in [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2015/10/24 this strip]] has a whisk, and a key on its label. Whisk key. Whiskey.
* StudentCouncilPresident: Dionne manages to win the student council elections on a campaign of open corruption. Considering that they only have a council because the students revolted, it shouldn't be too surprising.
%% * SundayStrip
* {{Tagline}}: "Because knowledge is a weapon!"
* ThemeSong: [[http://precociouscomic.com/extras/index.html A fan composed a theme song]] for the comic. Chris liked it so much he pretty much [[AscendedFanon made it the official theme]].
* ThumbtackOnTheChair: Implied, the cashier at the school supply store tries to sell Mrs. Monster a pair of tack-proof pants.
%% * TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Giving these is basically Xander's only purpose in this comic.
%% * ThrewMyBikeOnTheRoof: Never invoked literally, since for some odd reason none of the kids seem to have bikes. But common when the Supervillain Union is in session, or when Dionne is around.
%% * ThrowTheDogABone: Jacob, usually TheChewToy, has had a couple of moments in the sun.
* ThrowTheBookAtThem: The show features Autumn (and some other Poppinstock Academy kids) being teased by an off-screen kid. She mocks his pretty lame insults, and suggests that "Maybe a dictionary will help you!" [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/06/17 Since it's being described on this page...]] And a reference to the sticks and stones bit too: "Your words have hurt me."
* TitleDrop: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/02/11 Here.]]
* TorchesAndPitchforks: [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/10/08 Homeowner's association at it again?]] Though surprisingly that specific one is directed at Bud's parents rather than the kids.
* TradeSnark: Mommy Relaxation Time™
* UnfortunateName: Pooter's Ice Cream, complete with a steaming heap of accidental ToiletHumor.
* UnfazedEveryman: Soren excels at this.
* TheUnSmile: Used to great effect [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/04/09 here]].
* VillainEpisode: The comic has two Villain-centric story arcs. Though it is the [[VillainProtagonist main cast]] playing villain.
* WallOfBlather:
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/03/31 An example.]]
** [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/06/12 Another.]]
* WallOfText: PlayedForLaughs. It happens whenever Suzette goes into a rant (could be about anything from her StrawFeminist [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/03/24 philosophies]] to [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/03/23 someone forgetting her name and believing it to be snobbery]]) It also uses WallOfBlather.
%% * WaterGunsAndBalloons
* WeCanRuleTogether: More than once.
** Di-Va (Dionne) tries to recruit Jacob in [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/12/15 this strip]] and [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/12/16 this strip]] (both are rife with DoubleEntendre).
** Bud to Colleen [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2014/08/09 here]].
* WelcomeToTheBigCity:
** Ursula meeting the Sapphire Lake kids.
** Also, [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/03/23 Tiffany meets]] [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/04/04 the Internet]].
* WhiteVoidRoom: Chrispy leaves out backgrounds ''a lot''. It's not as much of an issue in the strips that are in color, though.
* WhosOnFirst: Crops up whenever Kaitlyn Hu (or [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/08/19 her family]]) is mentioned. Played straight and Lampshaded in the strip [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/10/30 "Hu's on first"]].
* WindowPain: Parodied in [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2012/02/18 this]] strip.
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals: But only dogs and cats.
* WouldHitAGirl: Max is probably the only one who WouldntHitAGirl, and that's more from not wanting to hit anyone. The rest? An early strip shows one detail of the BigBallOfViolence as Bud popping Autumn in the jaw with an uppercut. Even the beauty pageant queen Dionne will dive in when sufficiently angered.